After the Adults Change is the perfect guide to strengthening relationships with children and young people and to ensuring positive behaviour, from both children and adults. We know that all behaviour is influenced by relationships, and that every teacher, teaching assistant and school leader wants good relationships within their school. Unsurprisingly, our children want good relationships too! However, achieving a relationships-based approach to behaviour, especially if nurture and compassion are not driving the ethos, can be hugely daunting. This book should be your companion to introducing and embedding relational approaches, whether on a class or whole school level. It is a hugely practical resource for every adult who works with children and young people.
Paul's authenticity speaks to you throughout this book, and his commitment to secure thriving, relationship-based interactions as the bedrock to effective learning and teaching is compelling. His self-deprecating humour and insightfulness are a perfect mix. I found myself laughing out loud at some of Paul's experiences, and pausing often for a quiet reflection on my own experiences and behaviours as a teacher and school leader. I also confess to much smiling and nodding! Paul is unafraid of challenging those practices which do not meet people's needs, and offers a range of strategies to encourage a calm, child-centred approach.